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About GeezerNoir

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  1. Well, heck. If you'd be willing to be lead instructor on this project, then why not run it by Dr. Edwards and let him take it to TCM. At least I assume that Dr. Edwards is the person at Ball State who is the primary liaison with TCM. I apologize if I am incorrect about that. I should think that this would have to be maybe a six week course. And that assumes that you would limit the course to the sound era, starting probably with In Old Arizona (1928) but then running all the way thru Unforgiven (1992). And taking a little time to cover the "Singing Cowboy" and "Western Spoof" sub-genres. Does that sound reasonable, or am I way off on that? Anyway, that stuff is beyond my pay grade and why you guys get the big bucks. I, for one, am quite excited about the prospect of this thing becoming a reality. Thanks! Oh! And then there's the "Singing Cowboy Spoof" sub-sub-genre. Represented by Rustler's Rhapsody (1985)
  2. You won't have much success finding another class on Canvas right now; however opportunities to learn more about film history and film making abound on the internet. For example: Here is a link to the MIT Open Courseware class "The Film Experience" https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-011-the-film-experience-fall-2013/index.htm You can listen to all the lectures, view the class reading list, etc. This is a really good one! Here is a link to Rocket Jump Film School https://school.rocketjump.com/ Way Cool! Here is a link to Filmmaker IQ https://filmmakeriq.com/ There is a ton of stuff to be learned here; and you can actually take tests to prove that you HAVE learned something and begin to build yourself a bit of a resume. And, if you are an Amazon Prime member, there is another ton of stuff waiting for you there. You might want to start with Martin Scorsese's "History of American Cinema" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B36Q51Z/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 And that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
  3. With Wes Gehring as lead instructor. WOW! Probably too narrow a topic for a MOOC, though. HOWEVER, as the keystone piece of a course in "Romantic Comedies of the Hollywood Sound Era" - I think that could work.
  4. Yes! Arrival (2016) is, IMHO, one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever. The Martian (2015) is also excellent as is District 9 (2009). And Contact (1997). Twenty-one years old now, but at my age it still seems like a "recent" film. And the original Blade Runner (1982) would probably be about as far as a TCM course would go. But last year's Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - NOT SO MUCH! Oh. And to add to your second category: Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
  5. Yeah, I absolutely hear what you're saying. And I would add to your list The Missouri Breaks (1976) and Unforgiven (1992). In order to go that far forward, though, the course would need to be at least five weeks in length and it would have to be the "History of the Hollywood Western in the Sound Era". Leaving all of the silent Westerns in the proverbial dust. Which would be OK with me, because I definitely agree that some of the very best Westerns ever made were made after 1970.
  6. Please excuse me for dropping formal titles in this post and addressing our instructors simply as regular (but very, very special) people. Richard Edwards has created (and now nearly perfected) pretty much the best of all possible formats for a MOOC. Absolutely ingenious. And I believe that the man (given a bit of prep time) could talk intelligently on just about any subject. And he has had lots and lots of prep time when it comes to film history. And it SHOWS! So thank you, Richard Edwards. As always, I stand in awe of Wes Gehring. Of his knowledge of film history and his ability to share that knowledge with people who may know very little or who may know a very great deal about the subject. So thank you, Wes Gehring. And this time we have had two instructors coming from within the film industry. One of whom is also an academic. And that would be Vanessa Ament. It is most obvious that she has spent her lifetime up to this moment immersed in the stuff of movie musicals. Her knowledge and enthusiasm now have inspired so very many of us to look at movie musicals with an increased appreciation. So thank you Vanessa Ament. And Gary Rydstrom. You are like Mr. Cool. I learned SO MUCH from listening to your commentaries throughout this course. And it's not just the things that you say, but also the way that you say them. Always so calmly authoritative. I very much hope that you will return for future Ball State/TCM classes. So thank you, Gary Rydstrom. And thank you to all of my fellow students who have shared their thoughts, opinions and enthusiasm on this message board. "I think I'll miss you most of all."
  7. Oh! And you know what? If this was like a five or six week course (which it easily could be), then one whole week could be devoted to horror spoofs. And Wes Gehring could really get involved in that. That would be WAY cool!
  8. From The Great Train Robbery (1903) thru, at least, McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971). Could be a compelling course. And although I also like the suggestion for a course on Classic Horror films, a course on Westerns would probably attract more participants. Right up TCM's alley, too. I'd certainly sign up for it.
  9. With the horror genre going so far back into the silent era and considering that TCM would be screening the films, the course would probably go no further than the mid 1970s (just as this Musicals course has done). So really gross, graphic violence would not have to be an issue. And I agree with those who have suggested that October would be the ideal time for such a course to be presented. With a Halloween finale. Oh, boy!
  10. Log into this course on Canvas and click on the Inbox icon. Then click on the Compose a New Message icon. Select this course. Click on the drop-down icon to the right of the "To" box. Select "Teachers". Select "Vanessa Ament". There you go! This is the only way we have of emailing our teachers; but that's OK, cause it's the only way we need.
  11. Yes! And several of Georges Melies' films could easily be classified as "horror"; so the genre goes back to the very beginning of cinema. And the Edison studio released a version of Frankenstein in 1910 (a restored version of which you can rent on Amazon). And, yes, all of the most excellent German Expressionist films. Including Metropolis (1927), which illustrates the link between horror and science fiction (not to mention the link between these Expressionist roots and Film Noir via Fritz Lang). So, yes Dr. Edwards, let's do this thing!
  12. 2. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. 3. How do the representations of masculinity in all three men compare and contrast with each other? OK, Let’s start with the Professor/Straight Man. He is what I would call a pseudo alpha male. Pseudo, because his alpha status is not achieved by any innate characteristics but, rather, is assigned to him via the social convention that one defers to an expert instructor. When that convention is ignored, as it is throughout much of this clip, then he must needs revert to his more natural status of timid little man. Now, as a straight man he’s great, because we can see him running an emotional gauntlet as the clip progresses. He begins with an air of affable superiority (befitting his role as expert instructor). Then we see him run the gauntlet passing from indignation (when he catches O’Connor making faces behind his back) thru shock to confusion and, finally, stunned resignation. So that’s the Professor as pseudo alpha male and straight man. Now, Kelly and O’Connor are males of very nearly equal status in this clip, but not quite; because it is clear that Kelly is the alpha male here when we consider that he is the one important enough to be tutored by the expert instructor. O'Connor is present simply because he is Kelly's buddy. And although O’Connor initiates the flaunting of classroom convention, the sequence would not continue without Kelly’s buy-in. So what we have here is a strong alpha male, a nearly equally strong beta male buddy and a pseudo alpha male demoted to timid little man.
  13. Thanks for the reminder! Have owned that two disk special edition DVD set since it came out in 2002. Watched Singin In The Rain on Sunday, but skipped the Special Features. Went back today and watched that most excellent documentary. Nearly as long as some of the films we're watching, but worth every minute. BTW: The DVD set can still be purchased on Amazon and on eBay.
  14. Actually, Astaire was referred to as, "the only truly gifted dancer in the group". I have added the emphasis to the word "gifted". Absolutely nothing wrong with disagreeing with Dr. Ament. However, she should be quoted accurately.
  15. Sling does not have the MLB package. Here's the thing (the thing with Sling): I buy internet access but not TV service from my cable company. I buy the MLB package directly from MLB.com and I buy TV service from Sling. I save money that way. I'm old and have limited income, so saving money is important to me. And that's all that I have to say about Sling. Wrong again! I do have one more thing to say. On Sling I get all of the AZ Diamondbacks and SD Padres games without making a special additional purchase. That's cause I live in Tucson.
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